Is there room for one more?

ths3I have always wanted to have pets, lots and lots of pets. When I got married, I told my husband that as a prerequisite to having kids, we would need to have pets in our family. My parents are not pet people. Subsequently we were not allowed to have pets growing up. The one exception was a goldfish that I got on a school field trip in Grade 2. My parents had no choice but to welcome the goldfish into our home. But the goldfish died pretty quickly 😦 Continue reading

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Creating a study space

Last week my sister called me and asked me to give her some tips on how to study. My sister also decided to return to school last year, although she is in school part time while continuing to work full time. She said she was having trouble focusing; she wanted to know what I do to focus.

As a mature student, creating a study space can be challenging. When we come home, we are rarely by ourselves. Husbands, wives, children, pets, cooking, cleaning – all these require our attention. Mature students are often caregivers; a lot of our mind space is occupied with the responsibilities of our home and work life. This can leave very little time to study. When we do get the time to study, it becomes difficult to clear our mind and focus so that our studying can be effective. Continue reading